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The cost of housing is growing at an unstoppable rate. Even during the 2007 and 2008 foreclosure crisis, which saw the drop in value of housing for the first time in more than 15 years in the United States according to the Wall Street Journal, the prices continued to increase and will likely regain their climbing ways in short order. For this reason as well as a growing concern over maintaining an eco-friendly relationship with a world that is in increasing trouble due to pollution and careless construction, the desire for earth-sheltered homes has only increased. This book will provide a detailed walkthrough and information on how individuals can start researching and building their own affordable earth-sheltered home. You will learn how to start building your own underground home at a moderate cost, starting with the benefits of sheltering a home with earth and the added comfort and energy efficiency of doing so. You will learn how the earth affects your home’s temperature and how it protects against everything from fire to sound, earthquakes, storms, and intruders. You will learn about the longevity of your earth sheltered home and the environmental impact you are able to salvage by not building an above ground home. Construction experts and earth sheltered home builders have been interviewed and their expertise included in this guide to help you learn how you can create your own underground home. Details of construction include planning, footings, excavation, flooring, walls, framing, waterproofing, roofing, drainage, and insulation. Additional information you will learn includes pouring your own footings and floor, dry stacked concrete block walls, post and beam framing, plank and beam roofing, and waterproofing membranes. With the information provided in this book, you can start planning and building your own earth sheltered home in no time and start benefiting from the natural protection of the earth.